New Berlin Plastics Inc. signed a lease on a second building, adding 100,000 square feet to its manufacturing and warehousing space, to meet increased overall demand as its molding sales grew 65 percent in the last year.
After working in a combined manufacturing and warehouse space, New Berlin started using a third-party warehouse for storage as it grew, Karl Held, business development manager, told Plastics News.
"We're at the point where we see the need for additional machines," Held said. "There's no place else to put them" but the new building, located two blocks from the company's existing facility.
With 12 loading docks, the building close to its existing headquarters in New Berlin, Wis., is "perfectly suited to help us meet our customers' … growing needs," a March 2 news release said.
New Berlin expects to begin manufacturing in the space in about six months.
"We've been planning ahead so we don't run into capacity constraints," Joseph Mechery, vice president of sales, said in the release.
Once the new building is cleaned and prepared for occupancy, New Berlin will start the first phase of its build-out by installing racking and warehouse equipment to house the inventory that is currently being stored off-site, it said. It will add new presses and cranes next.
The size ranges of these machines will be dependent on the needs of the customers, the release said.
"If you're thinking about moving work to us and you need a specific tonnage press to produce your parts, now's the time to have those conversations with us," Jim Schneberger, president, said in the release. "Your input can help us to invest in the right presses that will meet your needs.
"We plan to use the new facility to mold parts that have low complexity and long production runs," Schneberger added. "In other words, jobs that require minimal labor. More complex jobs that require secondary operations and value-added services will stay in our existing facility."